Adventure News

October 2010



Latest trailer offers chilling new glimpses inside Hanwell Mental Institute

What better time than Halloween for another harrowing visit to the Hanwell Mental Institute? At least, so the sick, twisted minds (in a good way) at Senscape believe, today unveiling the newest trailer for the upcoming horror adventure, Asylum.

Like the first teaser, the new video from the developer of Scratches takes players on a slow tour of the asylum, revealing a disturbing combination of impressive architecture, faded glories, and outright terror. From its vine-covered façade to the skull-lined specimen room to the scream-accompanied views of the blood-stained operating rooms, Hanwell is clearly not a place for either the weak-minded or the faint of heart.

We're still awaiting the first concrete details about Asylum's storyline, but to hear from one of the institute's tormented patients in the meantime, be sure to check out the official website.



Trial case introduces sixth CSI game based in Vegas

Just days after the retail launch of the latest CSI adventure, now gamers can collect a sample free of cost, as Ubisoft has released a playable demo for Fatal Conspiracy.

The new game starring the television cast of the Vegas CSI unit serves up five brand new cases, each somehow connected. Along with help from the usual CSI crew, players will also partner with FBI Special Agent Huntby to investigate a drug cartel following a series of gruesome murders. As always, you'll need to scour crime scenes, interrogate suspects and witnesses, and process evidence using the latest and greatest forensic equipment available.

The demo lets players play through the fourth case of the game, entitled "All Washed Up", in which a young woman is found dead in her vehicle at a carwash, the apparent victim of a drug overdose. This sampler weighs in at a little under 400 MB and can be downloaded from FileFront or WorthPlaying.

CSI: Fatal Conspiracy is now available in North America for PC, Wii, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3. For more details and to see some videos of the game, pop on over to the official website.



Retail version of action-tinged adventure now shipping to retailers

It's almost Halloween, and the monsters are everwhere! This time it's Mr. Hyde on the loose, as The Adventure Company has just released the retail version of Jekyll & Hyde in North America.

A few weeks following the game's downloadable release, the boxed version of Jekyll & Hyde now exposes more players to this loose adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic. In an effort to cure London of a mysterious plague that affects only adults, Dr. Jekyll unwittingly creates a potion that unleashes his inner beast, the grotesque and untamed Mr. Hyde. When Jekyll discovers a series of underground caverns with ties to an ancient cult, however, he'll not only need to accommodate Hyde's presence, but actively seek it to utilize the monster's superhuman abilities.

It should be noted that Jekyll & Hyde is not a traditional adventure, as it includes some light platforming elements as you control both titular characters at times, with gaps to jump, ledges to climb, and other environmental challenges to overcome. There are more conventional puzzles as well, whether concocting new potions or solving challenges based on the mystery sect's Greek mythological beliefs.

Jekyll & Hyde is shipping to retailers now, and will be available at a budget price of $19.99 USD.



Piratey comic adventure to be published for PC and Mac by Lace Mamba Global

Disc ahoy! For those who have been holding out on the downloadable version of Jolly Rover, there's good news on the horizon, as Lace Mamba Global will be publishing a retail version of Brawsome's piratey-dog adventure early next year.

In this strictly canine comic adventure, the ever-so-polite Gaius James Rover sets out to pursue his life's dream of starting his own circus, but his plans are soon thwarted when he's taken prisoner aboard a pirate ship. Escaping that jam is just the beginning of his adventure across three tropical Caribbean islands, where he'll need to contend with cannibals, voodoo, top-dog rivalries (literally), and even the treacherous waters of romance.

Originally launched for download in June, this release will mark the first retail version of the game for both PC and Mac. According to the developer, the boxed version will include "exclusive extras including a high quality soundtrack and bonus concept and hi-res art as well as using uncompressed art assets for the game." Lace Mamba Global has the worldwide publishing rights to Jolly Rover, though given the Brighton-based publisher's track record, expect the game to appear in the UK long before it reaches North American shores (if ever). The retail version of Jolly Rover is currently scheduled for February 2011 in the UK.

For complete details about Jolly Rover, be sure to check out our review of the game.



Supernatural Kheops mystery also released in three-part casualized "Dracula Series"

The lead-up to Halloween is a good time for Dracula. The famed Count has been revived not once but twice recently, as Coladia has just released a Mac port of Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon, while Anuman has taken the same game and re-released it for PC as a casualized "Dracula Series".

Originally released in 2008, this supernatural Kheops mystery puts players in the holy shoes of Father Arno Moriani, sent to a war-torn Transylvanian town in 1920 to investigate the sainthood candidacy of a local doctor. What he discovers is anything but sacred, however, and soon Father Arno finds himself undergoing the fabled "Path of the Dragon" trials in order to disprove the existence of vampires. At least, so he thinks.

Coladia is no stranger to Kheops Mac ports, having previously released such games as Return to Mysteries Island and its sequel, Nostradamus, and The Secrets of Da Vinci, among others. The port of Dracula 3 is available for download at Coladia's webstore, along with and at a cost of $29.90 US.

Meanwhile, PC gamers who may have felt overwhelmed by the sometimes daunting challenge of the game originally, now have another chance with a slightly casualized version from Anuman called the "Dracula Series". While keeping the main game intact, the new version is split into three episodes and includes a more user-friendly interface and has reduced the challenge of some of the puzzles for more widespread accessibility. Available in separate parts or as a complete game, we'll take a closer look at this series in our upcoming Casual Collection feature early next month.

For more details about Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon, be sure to check out our review of the game.



Latest forensics mystery now available on multiple platforms

With the eleventh television season of CSI just underway, it's time to turn our attention to the game version, as Ubisoft has just announced the North American release of CSI: Fatal Conspiracy across multiple platforms.

In the latest adventure starring the Vegas CSI unit, including the return of Sara Sidle, players will investigate five distinct but related cases written by the TV series writers and developed by Telltale Games. This time around, you'll also be teaming up with FBI Special Agent Huntby, who will "help you and challenge you in a hunt for the Queen of the Hive, a formidable drug lord that may be behind a series of shocking murders." As always, you'll be assigned to scour crime scenes, interrogate suspects and witnesses, and process evidence using a variety of forensic tools and equipment like an ultrasound device and digital SLR camera.

Along with the PC, Wii, and Xbox 360 versions, Fatal Conspiracy marks the first time a CSI game has been released on the PlayStation 3. All versions will retail for a price of $29.99. For more information about the game, head on over to the official website.



Behind-the-scenes videos released as pre-order details announced

You'll still have to wait for it the old fashioned way, but you can now mark December on your calendars for the launch of Back to the Future: The Game, as Telltale has announced a release target and order details for the upcoming series.

The five-part episodic series picks up six months after the end of the third Back to the Future movie with an all new time-travelling storyline for Doc Brown and Marty McFly. Few details have yet been revealed about the plot, but Telltale has recently released a series of three behind-the-scenes videos, including contributions from movie writer Bob Gale, actor Christopher Lloyd (Doc), and the soundalike for Michael J. Fox, AJ LoCascio, whose impersonations should make everyone breathe easier that Fox himself won't be reprising his role.

As with other Telltale series, Back to the Future can be purchased as a full-season, and pre-orders have now begun. The cost is $24.95 for PC and Mac, and $1 of each purchase is donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Pre-orders include a free download of Puzzle Agent and access to an insider forum at Telltale devoted to the new series. As usual, once the season is complete, a disc version will be available for just the cost of shipping to any season purchaser through Telltale. For more details, including the other two behind-the-scenes videos, head on over to the official website.

While no firm date has been set, Back to the Future is scheduled for release on PC and Mac some time in December, and launched shortly after on the PlayStation Network and iPad.



Bundled six-episode whodunit series available for download on November 24th

PC gamers could only look on in envy this time last year as the six-episode Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle launched exclusively on the PlayStation Network. What a difference a year makes, however, as Relentless Software has just announced its plans to release the bundled series for PC download next month.

All seems peaceful in the "quintessentially English" town of Little Riddle, until you and your fellow Blue Toad Detective Agency colleagues witness a murder right in front of your eyes. Now it's up to you to "solve puzzles, interrogate suspects, use your powers of observation and investigate clues to uncover the strange goings on in this quaint and sleepy village." It doesn't end there, either, because more mysteries await as the episodes continue, from burglary to arson to a shocking case of carpet muddying, and determining the identity of the mastermind behind the scenes will be the greatest challenge of all.

This whodunit series is more of a light puzzler than a full-blown adventure, with much of the action taking place in cinematic cutscenes while you solve puzzles in between. As an added twist, the game can be played cooperatively with up to three others, as you each control one of the four available detectives. Each episode offers its own standalone mystery, but ends in a cliffhanger and contributes to a larger story arc that isn't resolved until the final episode.

The bundled Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle will be available to download from major portals beginning November 24th, or from the official website. For more details in the meantime, be sure to read through our reviews of Episodes 1-3 and Episodes 4-6.



Teen sleuth heads to Japan in Shadow at the Water's Edge

Just in time for Halloween, Nancy Drew fans are in for a treat with today's release of Shadow at the Water's Edge, as the teen detective gets up to her old sleuthing tricks in a haunting Japanese mystery.

Taking a well-deserved vacation to Japan with her friends Bess and George, Nancy discovers that the centuries-old "ryokan" they're staying at was the site of a woman's untimely death a few years earlier, and ghostly sightings of a woman in white have been reported ever since. Other unexplained occurrences are also afflicting the inn, and it's up to Nancy to get to the bottom of this seemingly paranormal mystery.

Nancy's 23rd PC adventure is now shipping to retailers in North America, and is due later this month in the UK. For more information about the game, be sure to check out the official website, where you'll find a trailer, browser-based minigame and a downloadable demo.



First teaser heralds the November 19th release of horror adventure

If you couldn't handle The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity, look away now. But if you enjoyed Barrow Hill and can't get enough of scaring yourself silly, at last there's a trailer for the upcoming Bracken Tor: The Time of Tooth and Claw.

The new game by Barrow Hill's Matt Clark takes players back into the haunting English countryside. This time it's to investigate the possibility of vicious, feral beasts stalking the misty moorlands. A hiker was recently discovered savagely killed, and as a journalist, you're determined to spend the night on the moor to discover if these beasts of legend are real. Before the night is out, however, you'll find yourself transported all the way back to the Bronze Age to seek the true origin of this horror.

So what happened to that hiker? The video tells the tale, showing a first-hand view of his last night alive. You can only hope that you'll fare better than this terrified stranger.

Although originally targeting a Halloween release, Bracken Tor won't quite make that goal, though the game is still due soon, with a current release date of November 19th throughout the UK.



Puzzle-adventure launching on DS; action-adventure on Wii

Having branched out on PC in Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, now the Doctor and Amy are set to make their way into two new adventures, this time on Nintendo platforms. Next month, Evacuation Earth will arrive on the handheld DS, while Return to Earth is launched on the Wii console.

Little has been revealed about either game so far, but Evacuation Earth promises to include over 100 different puzzles and 60 locations to explore as the Doctor and Amy Pond (based on current TV actors Matt Smith and Karen Gillan) must try to recover the TARDIS after a solar storm. The Wii's Return to Earth blends action into its puzzle-solving (though to what degree is still unclear), and promises at least two minigames that make use of the motion-based Wii controls to simulate a Gravity Gun and Sonic Screwdriver.

Both games are developed by Asylum Entertainment, and each is currently targeting a release date of November 12th. The two games are not different versions of the same game, however, but completely different adventures from start to finish.



Adaptation of Stevenson classic now available for download

If you've been longing to unleash your inner beast and not get arrested for it, now you can, as Jekyll & Hyde has been released for download today at The Adventure Shop.

The latest adapation of Robert Louis Stevenson's enduring classic casts players as both titular characters. It's 19th century London, and Dr. Jekyll is seeking a cure for the plague, but he unwittingly creates a formula that manifests his dark alter ego, Mr. Hyde. Players must not only guide Jekyll in his quest to find an antidote for the epidemic, but also delve deeper into the city's dangerous underground to root out the secrets of an occult sect.

Jekyll & Hyde is not a traditional adventure, as it combines standard exploration and puzzle-solving with a degree of action and skill-based elements. Many puzzles are reportedly based on Greek mythology, and of course there's a laboratory for players to mix special potions together. What mad scientist would be without one?

The game is currently available only for download, and can be purchased from The Adventure Shop.

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Previously Xbox 360-exclusive, Samorost-style adventure now available on Steam

An adventure game releasing on PC is nothing new. An adventure finally arriving on PC after being an Xbox 360 exclusive for a year – now that's something different. And it's happening today, as Axel & Pixel is now available on Steam.

The Samorost-style adventure from Czech developer Silver Wish Games tells the story of a painter named Axel and his dog Pixel, who one day awaken to find themselves trapped in one of the artist's own creations. Players must guide the hand-drawn duo through this strange mix of of photorealistic landscapes and surreal creatures in order to "help Axel fulfill his greatest wish – to paint a picture of all four seasons in a single day."

Axel & Pixel is available only through download, and can be purchased from Steam for only $4.99. For additional details about the game, pop on over to the official website.



Iceberg Interactive to release horror adventure in Europe next February

Wax Lyrical's upcoming debut adventure is not only getting a new publisher for Europe, it's adding a little nobility as well, as the newly-retitled Baron Wittard: Nemesis of Ragnarok will be released early next year by Iceberg Interactive.

The first-person horror sends players into a "Utopia" that is anything but. This city inside a dome, built by the eccentric architect Baron Wittard, was designed with "1000 apartments, a shopping mall, and hundreds of offices and leisure facilities" and was due for its grand unveiling two years ago. A series of unexplained events prevented it from ever opening, however, and though it supposedly sits empty and silent, people have begun disappearing and electromagnetic disturbances are originating from inside. Now it's up to you, with only camera and flashlight in hand, to explore this decaying environment and expose its terrible secret, though local legends speak of "something malevolent" lurking within, "waiting and growing in power".

Originally announced under the Odyssia brand of Lace Mamba Global, Iceberg is now assuming all publishing rights for Baron Wittard in Europe and various other territories, with a target release date in February 2011. In the meantime, for more information about the game, check out the official website.

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